Peek Inside the Suitcase

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A blog created to help encourage mental wellbeing, build community and enjoy the light in life.

Aloha and welcome to my little slice of the internet! I’m Summer K-Hadden, a Michigan girl living in sunny Oahu, Hawaii. After leaving my small town roots to explore the great big world in 2011, I discovered a passion for travel, scuba diving, adventures and promoting mental health. I spent much of my twenties exploring careers, traveling to 10+ countries and starting no less than 12,000 hobbies.

All my adventures caught up to me in 2018, when I lost my father to a long battle with Heart Disease. I was very close to my dad, and I miss him every single day. Facing grief head-on, forced me to actually come to terms with the depression and anxiety I had been avoiding for years. I’ve learned many different ways to help support myself and my struggles. His passing encouraged me to get out of my shell and pursue a life of passion.

The Sunshine Suitcase is here to help us all unpack a little emotional baggage. Learn to live a brighter and healthier life. And enjoy a little slice of sunshine each day. Stay awhile and let me know what I can do to help you fill up the suitcase of your life.

If I’m not getting frustrated by the technology behind the blog you can find me; out on the water or chasing down the next Happy Hour on Oahu. I’m always looking to make new friends so message me to collaborate or chat. Mahalo for stopping by!

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  • Scuba diving is a sport I never thought I’d fall in love with. But, it feels like VIP access to another world. Today we went on a fantastic dive with @diveoahu and it was amazing! -
The crew was fun and really tailored our experience to our skill set. And interests. We saw octopus, white tip sharks, turtles and so much more. It was a dream. 🐙🐢
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What is something you were afraid to try but ended up falling in love with?🐟
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  • I’ve had a lot of time the last few days to practice mindfulness. And I’m so filled with gratitude. A year ago, my father had just passed away. My job was killing me. I suffered from extreme anxiety. My depression had started to kick in, and getting out of bed was a struggle.
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In the past year I’ve been afforded so many beautiful opportunities. I’ve been to 3 countries, 12 states, Maui and am leaving soon for another vacation.
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I quit my 9-5 managerial job and started my own company. Where I can blog and write as much as I want. On topics I love and choose. I practice self-care regularly. -
And above all else, i got help for my mental illnesses. I’m on medication that allows me to function like a successful happy adult. I no longer live in daily fear and numbness. -
I am so thankful and so blessed to not only be growing but am able to share that with you all!
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Drop an emoji below if you’re here with me ❤️⬇️
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  • Over hear obsessing about my next vacation...right before I go on vacation 😂😂😂
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Does anyone else get a bad case of wanderlust before, during and after trip planning?!? ❤️ - 
Comment below and tell me where your bucket list vacation would take you! 🏝🐟🏄🏻‍♀️ My dream destination is Morocco! -
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  • I really needed to get out of the house and get some things done today! I leave for Australia in t-5 days and I want to have some blog posts schedule for you! 😊
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So I hit up the local Starbucks for a halfsweet caramel macchiato over ice. I love that the table I sat at had huge hibiscus flowers right next to it. -
I went with my bff Nicole and it felt a little like college recreated. 😂And we both kicked some butt on our projects and goals. -
Cheers! Drop a comment below and tell my what your favorite coffee drink is! ☕️☕️
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  • Magical morning leaving the marina today. Were headed out on the water to go fishing, but we all had to pause for a #mindfulmoment as the rising sun took our breath away. A full moon also lingered in the morning clouds and dew. What a moment worth being alive for! 😍
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  • One in five children in today’s world lives in an area affected by conflict. That's why I'm joining @savethechildren to say #STOPTHEWARONCHILDREN and help end this statistic. Will you join me? ✋🏻 #linkinbio
#SavetheChildren #Sponsored
  • It’s another gorgeous day in paradise. This is a little #tbt from one of my favorite Oahu hikes. The famous pillboxes.
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I hurt my knee this week after taking a little fall on the boat. No one ever said I was graceful. But, here I am dreaming of sunny days hiking under the sun! -
I’m sure that I’ll be back on my feet in no time. 🏝 -
Drop an emoji below if you love getting outside! 🏝🍍🏄🏻‍♀️🐟
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  • Did you that pineapples do not grow on trees?! It’s a common misconception that they do. But they’re actually bromeliads. I fell in love with these tiny pineapples on a recent visit to @doleplantation and wanted to share them with you! 🏝🍍
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I love pineapple! It’s my favorite warm day treat. I frequently have one sliced and ready when we’re out on our boat adventures! 😊
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What’s your favorite fruit?!
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  • I’m new to photography, but I love this creative outlet. Hobbies are a great way to learn new things, problem solve, and create. -
I’m one of those people who has a ton of hobbies and sometimes I get discouraged by the growth in one area. So I leave it behind and try something new. 😊
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To date I’ve tried: knitting, SUP, photography, cooking, writing, reading, fishing, painting, sewing, diy bath products, candle making, and so much more. 🐟🏄🏻‍♀️✏️
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Although, sometimes I get upset at myself for not just picking one hobby and getting really good at it, I like to think that variety is the spice of life! 😂😂😂
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Maybe next time I want to switch it up I’ll try it out lol 😂
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  • Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there, but especially to mine! I love you to the moon and back, across many continents and always! -
Picture from my moms visit to Hawaii in 2018! -
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